We are looking for optometrists to volunteer occasionally, once a month or so, in our clinics in Brighton, Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds and London.

“Thursday is my best day of the week.” Niamh runs a successful optician’s
practice. Once a month on a Thursday, she drives to Brighton where she offers free eye tests to homeless people who drop into St Stephen’s Hall and need help. Sometimes she sees 4 people, sometimes twice that number, but however many it is, she says, with an enthusiasm which is utterly infectious: “I love Thursdays, and get back so much more than I give.”

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We are always looking for volunteer Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians for our clinics:

London – Monday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons
London Mobile service – Various locations, days and times
Brighton – Thursday mornings (clinic open every fortnight)
Leeds – Tuesday afternoons
Birmingham – Monday mornings
Manchester – Monday mornings
Exeter – Monday or Tuesday mornings, afternoons or all day

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We need regional ambassadors who are keen to promote the charity message, and to raise much needed funds for Vision Care for Homeless People.

VCHP has grown to provide clinics in Birmingham, London, Brighton, Manchester and Exeter. New centres are envisaged in other locations when funds and volunteers are in place to support them. We are keen to hear from people – perhaps not from optics – who are keen to raise awareness in schools, clubs and in communities which might fundraise for us. We are very open minded for them to organise and promote events according to their own inclinations and skills. The experience of putting together charitable bids would also be a significant advantage.

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Volunteer clinic managers who can support optical professionals to run clinics on a regular basis are sought. You will be organising appointments, recording patients’ details, helping them choose and fit spectacles and generally making everything run smoothly. You do not need to be in the optical industry – we will train you. The satisfaction you will feel after a half day clinic, having helped a homeless person feel safer, access learning or take an important step towards securing a job, cannot be beaten.

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Crisis at Christmas
Clinic runs every day from 23rd December until 29th December (including all bank holidays). Volunteer optometrists, dispensing opticians and ophthalmologists are needed to run this service for the Crisis at Christmas optical service. It is an amazing experience to volunteer for the Crisis Christmas and be part of such a fantastic organisation that helps so many people. Click here to hear all about it. Locations across London to be confirmed near the time.

Operating from ten different centres across London, the service is expected to cater for hundreds of visitors during the week of 23rd – 29th December. Volunteer registration will open in October.

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